Sculpture Garden: “Film Noir Ensemble” Reception with Perci Chester
Join artist Perci Chester for an outdoor artist talk and reception honoring the installation of her sculpture, Film Noir Ensemble, in the Anderson Center Sculpture Garden on Thursday, June 10 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided. Face coverings are required.
The new twenty-two-foot-high sculpture is a pair of animated figures, assembled from pieces of an old water tower. Rust and rivets are now coated in intense candy-colored paints. Since its installation in October 2020, this sculpture has been a literal bright spot on the landscape, especially during the winter months. A new year and the return of warm weather brings an opportunity to gather near the monumental sculptures to hear from the artist and formally welcome her work to the sculpture park.
Made entirely from repurposed steel, Film Noir Ensemble was many years in the making. Perci began the piece in 2006, finishing it in 2020. “Through my most recent practice I fabricate playful sculptures on an architectural scale,” she says. “These works illuminate states of consciousness such as expansion, balance and joy—all essential to re-imaging the future on Earth. Working with ordinary industrial materials I cut apart, rearrange or fabricate extruded sheets of steel into visual poems for the 21st century.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.